Rabik: Good fiction triumphs!

Bernard J Rabik

A person can think, and act, and feel without being able to adequately share those thoughts, actions, and feelings. Good fiction is the catalyst assisting us to effectively share those thoughts, actions, and feelings. For, as such, it mirrors life. My recent read of the New York Times bestseller “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas is good fiction. For it is poignant proof that good fiction mirrors life.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor Black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests that he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear that the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protestors take to the streets; and, Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.